This Week in Foodservice

Jerry Stiegler

Jerry Stiegler

This Week in Foodservice provides a high-level summary of the economic data, financial news, menu updates and numerous other statistical packages and developments that impact foodservice operators, consultants, dealers, manufacturers, reps and service agents. In his weekly blog, Jerry Stiegler aggregates key industry data through his infamous Green Sheet and provides some brief analysis that will help foodservice professionals navigate the sea of information. Jerry is a long-time member of the foodservice industry, whose experience includes working for Restaurants & Institutions magazine and FE&S.

April Restaurant Sales Up, Technomic Spots Weakness in Full-Service; Minimum Wage Update and More

The Census Bureau reports restaurant sales were up in April. Technomic’s 500 Report shows weakness in the full service segment. Sysco, US Foods and the Performance Food Group all showed moderate sales advances. Minimum wage increases prove harmful to restaurants. McDonald’s will aid franchisees to upgrade. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant Sales and Traffic Up, Pizza Hut to Upgrade Equipment, and FDA Postpones Mandatory Calorie Postings

The NRA reports March came on strong. Pizza Hut operators will be buying new equipment. Foodservice operators have added more than a quarter of a million employees in the past year. C-store foodservice earns a greater percentage of sales. The FDA postpones mandatory calorie postings until next year. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Economic News Disappointing, Delivery a Bright Spot, Taco Bell Plans to add Beer (Plus Roughly 500 Stores) in Canada, and More

Gross Domestic Product was disappointing in the first quarter. Delivery is a bright spot for restaurants. McDonald’s first quarter beats estimates and its  Japanese division bounces back. Taco Bell plans aggressive growth in Canada. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice. 

Knapp-Track’s Take on Restaurant Performance, IKEA Considers Freestanding Restaurants, and Dean & Deluca’s Food-as-Theater Concept

Malcolm Knapp weighs in on restaurant performance now and for the rest of the year. IKEA considers building freestanding restaurants. McDonald’s appears to be getting tough with franchisees. Dean & Deluca are opening a new fast food concept with food as theatre. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

 

March Tough on Sales, Top Chains Entwined in Customers’ Lives, Restaurants Create Good-Paying Jobs (Really), and More

March was another tough sales month. A survey finds the best restaurant customers are cutting back. The NPD Group shows top chain restaurants are entwined in consumers’ lives. It may be a surprise to some, but restaurants create a lot of good paying jobs. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant Acquisition Analysis, Ongoing Foodservice Hiring, and Shifts in Consumer Buying Trends

What’s behind the restaurant acquisitions? Foodservice hiring rolls on in March. Former restaurant CEO says consumer buying shifts are bringing upheaval. Ruby Tuesday looks to salad bars for salvation. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Economic Reports Confounding, Panera Bread Takeover Rumors True, Delivery Expansions and More

If you’re confused about the economy, you’re not alone. Panera takeover rumors true. YUM’s CEO thinks automation will eventually come to foodservice kitchens. Domino’s Pizza will test delivery robots in Europe. Jack in the Box is offering delivery service in more than 200 cities. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

E&S Suppliers Report Mixed Results, Wages of Waitstaff, Acquisition News and More

Foodservice industry suppliers have mixed financial results. Freshii wants to partner with Subway. Waiters and waitresses make more in Western states. Cheddar's, Shophouse and Checkers acquisition news. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Canadian Franchisees Unhappy with Tim Horton's, Legal Seafood Debuts Fast Casual and More

U.S. retail sales inched up in February while restaurant and bar sales edged down. Tim Horton’s franchisees are unhappy with their parent company. Legal Seafood will introduce a fast-casual concept. Food away from home prices continue to grow. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice. 

Foodservice Hiring Up; 3-D Printer Pizza; Restaurant Surcharges; and More

 

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